Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom (My Name Is Yu Ming) is the story of a young Chinese man, who is disillusioned with his dead-end job at a supermarket. A spin of the globe leads him to choose Ireland as the destination for his new life and further research informs him that the official language of that country is Gaelic. Arriving in Dublin speaking the language, he is puzzled when nobody can understand him. The short film, shot on DVCam, was funded by TG4 and Filmbase through the Lasair scheme.
The film was released in Irish cinemas in October 2003 with Jim Sheridan's 'In America', was shortlisted for an Academy Award and has won a total of eighteen awards at film festivals in Ireland and around the globe, including:
Best Irish Short & Best First Short - Galway Film Fleadh 2003
Best Comedy - Aspen Shortsfest 2004
Best Young Director - Broadcast/BBC Young Talent Awards 2004
Best Irish Language Production - IFTAs 2004